Former Beam Suntory exec joins MGP

Third-party spirits producer MGP Ingredients has appointed former Beam Suntory executive Tony Kavanagh as its export sales manager. Kavanagh has nearly 30 years of experience in the spirits sector, including the launch of a number of brands across Europe for leading wine and spirits firms. He will be based in London for the new role. David Dykstra, MGP vice president of alcohol sales and marketing, said: “With his significant experience in European markets, Tony provides…

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Diageo names new chief financial officer

Smirnoff owner Diageo has appointed Lavanya Chandrashekar to the role of chief financial officer, taking over from Kathryn Mikells on 1 July 2021. Chandrashekar, chief financial officer (CFO) of Diageo North America and global head of investor relations, will become the company’s new CFO on 1 July 2021. She will also join the Diageo executive committee and board. Mikells will leave Diageo at the end of June to return to the US after nearly six…

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Nicole Sykes joins Maker’s Mark

Edrington-Beam Suntory UK has appointed former Satan’s Whiskers bartender Nicole Sykes as Maker’s Mark diplomat. In her new role, Sykes will share the story of Maker’s Mark with bartenders and Bourbon fans across the UK. She will also work to support the on-trade once it reopens after coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Sykes takes over the position from Amanda Humphrey, who joined the brand in 2017. Sykes joins the Bourbon brand after heading up London bar…

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Kirstie McCallum departs Glen Moray for Halewood

Halewood Artisanal Spirits has appointed Glen Moray’s Dr Kirstie McCallum as its new master blender to develop the firm’s whisky portfolio. McCallum joins Halewood from Speyside distillery Glen Moray, where she has held the role of head of whisky creation since October 2019. She has more than 20 years of experience in the spirits sector. Lee Tayburn, operations and production director at Halewood Artisanal Spirits, said: “As a business, we are dedicated to growing our…

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United Spirits names new CEO

Diageo-controlled United Spirits has appointed Hina Nagarajan as CEO, taking over from Anand Kripalu who will step down from the firm in June 2021. Nagarajan, the current managing director of Africa regional markets (ARM) at Diageo, will become CEO-designate on 1 April 2021, and will take over the CEO position on 1 July 2021. She will also join Diageo’s executive committee, reporting to John Kennedy, president of Europe and India. The new role will see…

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